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Bill Carter, Proust Scholar, Reading & Signing

We are excited to share that Proust scholar Bill Carter will be signing The Guermantes Way at Little Professor on Friday February 15th from 5-7pm, with a special reading taking place at 6pm. This new release is “an authoritative new edition of the third volume in Marcel Proust’s epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time.” 

Photographer Nicolas Drogoul will also be displaying and selling some of his photographs of places that inspired Proust.

For more information about Bill and Nic, please visit

See you February 15!

A little background…

Marcel Proust’s monumental seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century. This edition of volume three, The Guermantes Way, is edited and annotated by noted Proust scholar William C. Carter, who endeavors to bring the classic C. K. Scott Moncrieff translation closer to the spirit and style of the author’s original text.
Continuing the story begun in Swann’s Way and continued in In the Shadow of Young Girls in FlowerThe Guermantes Way follows Proust’s young protagonist as he advances through aristocratic French society in late-nineteenth-century Paris. A departure from the intimacy of the sprawling novel’s previous two installments, part three unfolds against a colorful backdrop of Parisian life, moving from literary salon to opulent social gathering to provide a biting and satirical commentary on culture, human foibles, the ways of the world, and the irretrievable loss of time.

Marcel Proust (1871–1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. William C. Carter is Distinguished Professor of French Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nicolas Drogoul is a respected and accomplished photographer, whose photographs have been purchased by collectors here and abroad. His work will be on exhibit in May at the Librairie Forgeot, one of the most prominent rare book dealers in Paris.